Jeff Pegues is the CBS News chief national affairs and justice correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He joined CBS News in July 2013 and reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.
Since joining CBS News, Pegues led the Network’s coverage of the New York City Metro-North derailment and reported on the Navy Yard shooting, among other stories. He has more than two decades of experience covering stories of national and international magnitude, including presidential elections, Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, Hurricane Rita and the story of Elian Gonzalez.
Pegues joined CBS News after nearly 10 years and numerous Emmy Awards at WABC-TV in New York, where he broke many high-profile stories, such as the 2008 child custody case of David Goldman, a New Jersey father who was involved in a five-year custody battle with his son’s Brazilian relatives. Pegues’ coverage gained the attention of the State Department and eventually helped reunite Goldman with his 9-year-old son.
Previously, Pegues was a weekday anchor and reporter at WBAL in Baltimore. He also anchored the top-rated evening newscasts at WSVN in Miami in the late 1990s. He is a proud graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he was also a scholarship football player and starting wide receiver in the early 1990s.
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